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The late Assemblyman Robert W. Crown. Photo courtesy of the California State Assembly.

Alameda’s Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach was renamed in 1973 for the state Assemblyman who championed its state public park status and use – preservation for all Alamedans to enjoy year-round. Crown died at the age of 51 after being struck by a car while jogging. But his memory and accomplishments for our city are kept alive here.

Robert W. Crown was born January 23, 1922 in San Francisco, but later moved with his family to Alameda. He grew up loving local politics and the military.

A Calstar air ambulance picks up an injured patient Tuesday at Alameda Point. Photo courtesy of the Alameda Fire Department.

Alamedans who live near Rittler Field and others who happened to be passing by Thursday evening may have done a double take in order to process a surprising sight: a helicopter parked in a corner of the field, accompanied by a lineup of fire trucks and police cars.

A fire official said the helicopter was called in to transport an injured girl to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Alameda Fire Captain Jim Colburn said the girl's injuries weren't life-threatening.

When Angela Hockabout was priced out of her rental home in 2013 after being handed a $450 per month rent increase, she felt like she had nowhere to turn. But thanks to Hockabout, that’s no longer the case for others in her situation.

In September she founded the Alameda Renters Coalition, which provides information and moral support for renters experiencing crisis and also, advocacy for renters’ needs.

“My main thrust is just providing support to renters and helping them find resources to fight rent increases,” Hockabout said.

James Hahn had the most remarkable look on his face late Sunday, standing on the 14th green at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. This was the third hole of a sudden death playoff for the Northern Trust Open.

Moments earlier he was staring at the ground, looking quite a bit stunned, very much like he wondered what he had just done. He was waiting for the reprisal, and it came – a groan from the crowd.

He looked up with an expression on his face very much like that of a kid who just got caught with his hands in the cookie jar. But this was no ordinary cookie. Hahn’s life had just changed, dramatically.

The school district is keeping Alameda and Encinal high schools open, instead of building a single, new school to house all of the two schools’ students.

The school board voted unanimously Tuesday to focus its efforts – and Measure I bond money – on fixing up its existing high schools, rather that embarking on a quest for the money and property that they’d need to find in order to make the dream of new, single high school a reality.

“With the $90 million we have, we are going to get two very nice campuses,” school board trustee Gary Lym said.

City leaders are set to develop an Island-wide plan to address what one city staffer identified as “the single most debated issue” generated by new development – traffic.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your Alameda headlines for the week.

Alameda was recently named a finalist for Sunset Magazine’s first “Sunset Travel Awards” in the category “Best Municipal Makeover/Reinvention Town” for Spirits Alley – the stretch of wineries, distilleries, and a brewery along Monarch Street on Alameda Point that the city christened with its new moniker last October.

City Manager John Russo is leaving Alameda for the city manager's job in Riverside, an official with that city confirmed Thursday. Russo has been Alameda's top administrator since 2011.

Property owners who The Alamedan has interviewed and others who have commented on prior stories in The Alamedan’s running series on rents have said the recent rise in rents is only part of the story of rental housing in the Bay Area. They said the free market cuts both ways, impacting both tenants and landlords.